Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Serving Type: Bottle
Glassware: Chalice

Pale amber in color with a slight haze. Pours with decent carbonation, an off-white head, and minimal lacing. Flavor of orange and coriander nicely balanced. Smooth and drinkable. Complimented foods from pizza to roast chicken.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap onto tulip. Golden hay color with a good amount of foam that is gone quick but leaves spotty lacing behind. Smells of belgian yeast and slight fruit. Taste is of belgian yeasts, banana, biscuity malts...but it has more personality than I can pass along here. Smooth as can be. Just a superb offering and world class of the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in appearance with a nice white head. A warm, sweet aroma and matching flavor of fruit of some banana, some grape, some citrusd some wheat, some bread, and spice (coriander shows itself, maybe clove too). The alcohol is masked pretty well but not completing hidden. A nice creamy, medium bodied moutfeel with a nice dose of carbonation to give it some life. A very nice tripel that is worthy of return visits.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a goldenrod body with a finger tall white head in my wine glass. Carbonation is visible rising in the body. Smell is sweet, citric and earthy. The taste is of smooth malts, fruit, apple, wheat, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium, with good carbonation. This is a pretty good tripel, though not my absolute favorite.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 3/29/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass. Decent lacing on the glass; with extremely ample carbonation streaming up and keeping a dense head going. Aromas of big pepper, clove, lemon zest, grass, coriander, biscuit, orange peel, herbs, and yeast spices. Fantastic and well balanced aromas. Taste of big pepper, herbal, lemon zest, clove, biscuit, coriander, orange peel, grass, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of herbal, citrus peel, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Fair amount of prickly carbonation initially that dies down in the glass. Very smooth and drinkable for 8.4%; with only a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Overall this is an incredible Tripel, as I was expecting it to be. Fantastic and unique flavors; with great balance, complexity, and smoothness. It has taken me far too long to finally try this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A world class standard. Simple as that. I used the glass to make a vigorous pour as this brew is well carbonated. Explosive head that stays and stays. The lack of copious lace is the only knock I can find in this slightly cloudy, golden honey colored brew's appearance. There is some due to the goodly carbonation and high malt content. Aroma has lots of sweet malt and a mild peppery spiciness. A trace amount of alcohol and light Belgian funk.. An apple and grape tinged fruitiness merge with a dinner roll yeasty breadiness. Taste is superb. Very well balanced with honeyed malt and mild dinner roll sweetbread. A bit of vinous sourness flows into an artful hop combination that is drying and delicately bitter. Finish is so clean and dry that you wind up drinking this like a lager. Feel has just the right amount of carbonation, finely effervescent and and creamy. This beer feels lighter than it is and it makes for superb drinkability. As i said at the top, a world class brew that set the standard in drinkability for tripels and is really in a class by itself. If all I could drink was tripels this would probably be the one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy that turned me on to Beer Advocate counts this beer among his favorites. I thank him for telling me about BA and for this excellent beer.

This is an excellent beer. I am normally a little concerned about green bottles due to their prediliction to prematurely age beer.

When I opened the bottle, I picked up a lot of grassiness and some fruity notes. As I poured it, I got even more. Smelling the tripel gave me a ton of grass, fruitiness/sweetness, and the good kind of funk.

The flavor hits on multiple levels. I love how it comes together. The lightness makes me think more saison than tripel, but I love it all the same.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 4,158 ratings
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